27 January 2011

Der Fotograf | Willy Ruge

Arno Boettcher photographed by Willy Ruge, 1927

Ruge, a photojournalist who specialized in images of aircraft, took this photograph in 1931 during a seven-minute parachute jump from an airplane over Berlin. Although his friends tried to dissuade him, Ruge risked his life to produce this vertiginous view, which was published in the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung.

Source: Willi Ruge: Der Fotograf [The Photographer] (2005.100.300) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art